If you missed the debut of our special anniversary documentary on Facebook Watch Party, fear not… you can watch the half-hour doc on YouTube any time you like.
25 Years of Community Building: The Story of Sorauren Park, captures great archival footage from the early 1990s when the community was fighting for the park. See interviews with advocates, then and now, talking about the early days and what the park has become. Other volunteers tell the story of the park and its role as a community hub, including through the pandemic.Continue reading
Mark your calendar and join us Friday, December 4 at 7 pm on Facebook for a very special event: the documentary premiere of 25 Years of Community Building – The Story of Sorauren Park. The half-hour video tells the story, past, present and future, of our community park, with amazing archival footage and interviews with park volunteers.
Produced by the Friends of Sorauren Park, the video will be shown as a Facebook Watch Party. Visit the Watch Party event page to get reminders and to see the show.
For maximum enjoyment, make sure to visit the Revue Cinema concession stand, open at 6 pm that evening, to get your popcorn, candy, soda, cider or even beer from their take-out service. Support our local non-profit cinema!Continue reading
Have you read about pandemic “porch portraits”? Here’s our version: Park Portraits, a way to remember a summer like no other, and to support the non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park.
Gather your family, partner or your social circle. Or come by yourself, and maybe bring a pet. Book a time online, and our portrait photographer Enrique Baniqued will take your portrait in our attractive park setting.
The cost is $25 per portrait, with proceeds to support the activities of Friends of Sorauren Park.* You’ll have the option to contribute more if you like.
Park Portraits are part of the 25th Anniversary celebration of Sorauren Park. If you like, you can also choose to have your portrait featured on our Sorauren Park social media channels (opt-in) as part of the celebration.
You’ll receive a high-quality, high-resolution digital file. As an option, we have made arrangements with Envoy Business Services Roncesvalles and Prints Charming for printing and framing. We’ll send the file for printing and framing, and notify you when it’s ready. You’ll pay the additional fee at pick-up.
Digital high-resolution portrait file: $25 minimum contribution (paid online at time of booking)
Option: Hard-copy print at Envoy, sizes 4 x 6, 5 x 7, or 8 x 10, $1.00 each, or 11 x 14, $1.25, on card stock (paid at pick-up)
Option: 4 x 6, 5 x 7 and 8 x 10 frames $25-$45/frame; 11 x 14 frames $35-$80/frame at Prints Charming (paid at pick-up)
Booking Dates & Times
Monday, August 31: Book between 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 2: Book between 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Book using our online form.
Portrait sessions will last 10 minutes and your exact time will be confirmed via email on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive 10 minutes before your confirmed time and practice physical distancing from other groups and the photographer.
Location:ALL PHOTOS WILL BE TAKEN at the bench on the south side of the baseball diamond, near the Fieldhouse, 50 Wabash Avenue.
*Friends of Sorauren Park is a non-profit community group that has fundraised to develop the Fieldhouse, the Town Square and the bake oven. In ordinary years, the Friends provides free programming at the park including outdoor movies, the natural ice rink, and festivals. We run communications channels to promote park activities and news, and have advocated for the new Wabash Community Centre for more than 10 years. This year, thanks to donors and a Canada Summer Job grant, the Friends were able to hire two summer student interns to produce Sorauren Stories, an ongoing video series bringing park life to a screen near you. We look forward to resuming regular programming asap!
The non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park is dedicated to bringing free programming to the park, including the Outdoor Movie series, the natural ice rink, last year’s 20th anniversary celebration, and last summer’s Tragically Hip concert broadcast live. We also support the Pumpkin Parade and run an annual gardening event.
We’re also dedicated to advocating for the completion of the park, including the new community centre (add your keychain to the hundreds on the fence!) and the forthcoming bake oven.
But we can’t do it without your support. You can donate online to support our activities, or feel free to “feed the hat” when we pass the hat at some of our events.
Thanks for supporting Sorauren Park!